The next session will begin October 26, 2021 at The Dog Stop, 495 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, IL (former home of the Barking Lot). $120 per 6-week session for non-members; $50 per session or $10 per night for members. Half-price for a second dog (same family) or a second class (same dog).

Because of the pandemic, all classes will adhere to social distancing advisories. Enrollment in our classes will be extremely limited. Priority will be given to NSDTC members.

If you wish to join one of the classes, send an email to: External link opens in new tab or windowtrainer@nsdtc.com by Monday, October 25. Include:
Your full name
Your email address
Your telephone number
Class you wish to enroll in
If you are an NSDTC member
Your dog's name, breed, and age

As stated, classes will be limited and priority given to members, then by timing of replies. We will contact everyone via email to let you know if you have a spot in class.

Note: We will NOT be taking telephone calls for enrollment in classes.

Everyone must complete a new External link opens in new tab or windowTraining Waiver the first week of class for the year, and new students must complete a Training Waiver for their first class. Print out and complete the Training Waiver. Bring it to class the first night and give it to the Registrar. You'll need Acrobat Reader (a free, downloaded program) to open the file: External link opens in new tab or windowtraining_waiver.pdf.

Classes will be 1 hour each, according to the following schedule:

7:00 pm S.T.A.R. Puppy Class (full)

7:00 pm Rally Obedience Class

8:00 pm Novice Obedience Class

8:00 pm Advanced Obedience Class


Puppy / Beginner Class is the start of your adventures in training! Get ready to have fun with your dog, learning the basics. Every other 6-week session is a S.T.A.R. Puppy Class. More information about the S.T.A.R. Puppy Class can be found here.


Rally Obedience Class is a stepping stone to the path of competition and also challenges dog and handler. Rally offers dog and handler fun and excitement, moving along a preset course of designated stations. Each station provides instructions for the skill to be performed. Our volunteer instructors are experienced competitors in the Rally ring.

Novice Obedience Class is the first step on the road to competitive obedience. Our volunteer instructors are well-versed in the AKC competition rules and make sure our dog/handler teams are well-prepared the first time they step in the ring at an Obedience Trial. They can’t help with the butterflies, but they’ll make sure you face no surprises in the ring.


Advanced Obedience Class is for dogs that have substantially completed their Novice (CD) title, and focuses on the exercises needed to reach the CDX (Companion Dog Excellent) title and beyond.